Easy Thanksgiving Meal Recipes

I know that this is a seasonal baking blog and the last thing you would expect to see here are recipes for a delicious turkey breast and delightful Turkey Day side dishes.

However, that is what I am sharing in this post.

I am definitely a baker at heart, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t cook! Here are my go-to Thanksgiving Day recipes, from crockpot turkey breast to tantalizing side dishes.

crockpot turkey breast recipe

Tender Turkey Breast Recipe

  • 1 turkey breast, defrosted
  • 1 can (or 2 cups) of chicken or vegetable broth
  • Olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp seasoned salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning


  • Set crockpot on high setting.
  • Mix all seasonings together on a paper plate. Set aside.
  • Coat turkey breast with olive oil.
  • Coat prepared turkey breast with seasoning mixture.
  • Place turkey breast into crockpot.
  • Pour broth into bottom of crockpot.
  • Bake for 4 hours on high.
  • Switch setting to low and cook for 2 more hours.
  • Slice turkey in crockpot to allow it to absorb all the juice and broth.
  •  Turn to warm setting and serve when ready.
Thanksgiving stuffing recipe

Homemade Stove-top stuffing

  • 1, 8 ounce bag of stuffing
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 1/2 sticks butter
  • Optional
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup celery, chopped


  • Saute celery and onion in 1 stick of butter.
    Add stock and bring to a boil.
    Add stuffing and toss lightly.
  • Add remaining 1/2 stick of butter to stuffing and allow it to melt while stirring.
crunchy green bean casserole

Crunchy, Cheesy Green Bean Casserole

  • 1 can or box of cream soup (choose your favorite flavor. Ex.: mushroom, celery or chicken)
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 can French fried onions (about 3 ounces)
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (cheddar or mozzarella)
  • 1 package frozen green beans (French) OR 2 cans (drained) regular


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Spray an 8×8 baking dish with butter spray.
  • In a bowl, combine soup, milk, cheese and half of the fried onions. Mix well.
  • Place half of the green beans into the baking dish.
  • Pour half of the soup mixture over the beans.
  • Repeat layering one more time.
  • Top with remaining fried onions and bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until bubbly. 

This recipe is easily doubled. If you double it, use a 9×13 baking dish. 

sweet potato casserole recipe

Deanna’s Sweet Potato Casserole


  • 4 cups sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1 cup flaked coconut


  • 2 cups crushed corn flake cereal
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3/4 cup pecan bits
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted


  • Boil potatoes until tender (or used canned sweet potatoes).
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Spray 9×13 baking dish with butter spray.
  • In an extra large bowl, mash up potatoes then add the remaining casserole ingredients.
  • Mix together well and pour into prepared baking dish.
  • In a separate bowl, combine topping ingredients.
  • Spread topping over casserole.
  • Bake for 25 to 30 minutes…until bubbly.
easy turkey gravy recipe

Easy Turkey Gravy Recipe

  • 4 cups chicken stock 
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, salted
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder


  • In a large pan over medium heat, melt butter.
  • Add pepper and garlic powder and whisk.
  • Sprinkle flour into mixture, slowly, whisking as it is added.
  • When flour has incorporated into butter mixture,  slowly pour in broth while continuing to whisk.
  • Cook until thickened.
  • Pour into gravy boat and serve.
baked Brussels sprouts

Crispy Baked Brussels Sprouts

  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts, halved
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Line a cookie sheet with non-stick foil.
  • Place Brussels on sheet in a single layer.
  • Bake for 10 minute and flip them over.
  • Bake for 10 more minutes or until crispy to your liking. 

Dijon Sauce (Aioli)

  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil or avocado oil
  • 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard 


  • Salt, pepper, garlic powder, to taste
  • Mix all ingredients together and serve right away or chill until ready to serve. 

Dip your Brussels in Aioli and enjoy.

Thanksgiving punch recipe

Punch recipe

  • 2 liters of Sprite or Ginger Ale
  • 1 large can pineapple juice
  • 1/2 gallon of Sherbet, any flavor


  • Combine soda and juice into punch bowl.
  • Add Sherbet. Serve right away.
No bake Italian cream dessert recipe

No-Bake Italian Cream Dessert – with a twist

  • 1 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • ½ can crushed pineapple, ( not drained, 1/2 of a 20 ounce can)
  • Gingersnap cookies
  • 1 pack Dream Whip, prepared (you can also use 1 container of Cool Whip)
  • 1 cup sweetened, flaked coconut
  • 1 can of cherry pie filling, only use what you need and save the remainder

Mix sweetened condensed milk and lemon juice in a bowl until thoroughly combined.
Mix in pineapple with juice and set aside.
Line the bottom of an 8×8 baking dish with cookies.
Pour the pineapple mixture over cookies.
Add another layer of cookies on top of pineapple mixture.
Spread prepared Dream Whip on top of cookies.
Sprinkle with coconut.
Top with cherries then cover and refrigerate for 4 hours before serving.

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